Ericksen ‘stunned’ by Democrats’ rejection of two-thirds for taxes amendment

Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, chair of the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee.

Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, chair of the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee.

Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, offered the following statement Friday following the Senate’s rejection of a two-thirds-for-taxes constitutional amendment. Senate Joint Resolution 8211 would have allowed Washington voters to decide in November whether a two-thirds vote of the Legislature should be required for tax increases. The measure required a two-thirds vote of the Senate and failed 26-23.

Although Washington citizens have voted for the rule six times over the last 23 years, only one Democrat voted for the measure Friday, Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch.

“I am absolutely stunned that the Democrats would refuse to listen to the public. This is a black-and-white issue. Raising taxes shouldn’t be easy – how many times do the people have to say it?”